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September, 2016

  • 30 September

    North Vietnamese launch major attack on An Loc

    North Vietnamese launch major attack on An Loc

    Three North Vietnamese divisions attack An Loc with infantry, tanks, heavy artillery and rockets, taking half the city after a day of close combat. An Loc, the capital of Binh Long Province, was located 65 miles northwest of Saigon. This attack was the southernmost thrust of the three-pronged Nguyen Hue …

  • 29 September

    Parliament passes the Tea Act

    Parliament passes the Tea Act

    On this day in 1773, the British Parliament passes the Tea Act, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company from bankruptcy by greatly lowering the tea tax it paid to the British government and, thus, granting it a de facto monopoly on the American tea trade. Because …

  • 29 September

    Handel’s Messiah premieres in Dublin

    Handel’s Messiah premieres in Dublin

    Nowadays, the performance of George Friedrich Handel’s Messiah oratorio at Christmas time is a tradition almost as deeply entrenched as decorating trees and hanging stockings. In churches and concert halls around the world, the most famous piece of sacred music in the English language is performed both full and abridged, …

  • 29 September

    Columbine High School massacre

    Columbine High School massacre

    On this day in 1999, two teenage gunmen kill 13 people in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, south of Denver. At approximately 11:19 a.m., Dylan Klebold, 18, and Eric Harris, 17, dressed in trench coats, began shooting students outside the school before moving inside to …

  • 28 September

    Thieu flees Saigon as Xuan Loc falls

    Thieu flees Saigon as Xuan Loc falls

    Xuan Loc, the last South Vietnamese outpost blocking a direct North Vietnamese assault on Saigon, falls to the communists. The North Vietnamese had launched a major offensive in March to capture the provincial capital of Ban Me Thuot in the Central Highlands. The South Vietnamese defenders fought very poorly and …

  • 28 September

    Pontiac Solstice stars on “The Apprentice”

    Pontiac Solstice stars on “The Apprentice”

    On this day in 2005, the Pontiac Solstice Roadster, a new two-door sports car from General Motors retailing for approximately $20,000, is featured on the reality TV game show “The Apprentice,” starring the famously bombastic businessman Donald Trump. Created by reality TV producer Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “Are You Smarter Than …

  • 27 September

    Jeremiah Wadsworth named commissary general

    Jeremiah Wadsworth named commissary general

    On this day in 1778, Jeremiah Wadsworth is named commissary general of purchases for the Continental Army at the insistence of General George Washington. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1743 to a minister who died when he was four, Wadsworth was raised by his uncle, Matthew Talcott, a ship-owner from …

  • 27 September

    Soviets stop U.S. and British military trains

    Soviets stop U.S. and British military trains

    On this day, Soviet troops stop U.S. and British military trains traveling through the Russian zone of occupation in Germany and demand that they be allowed to search the trains. British and U.S. officials refused the Soviet demand, and the problems associated with the Soviet, British, and U.S. occupation of …

  • 27 September

    Eudora Welty is born

    Eudora Welty is born

    Southern writer Eudora Welty is born in Jackson, Mississippi. Welty, whose father owned an insurance company, led a sheltered life. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1929 and studied advertising at Columbia University School of Business. When she returned to Mississippi in 1931, she worked as a radio …

  • 27 September

    British attempt to bargain with Turks over Kut

    British attempt to bargain with Turks over Kut

    On this day in 1916, three British officers, including the famous Captain T.E. Lawrence (known as Lawrence of Arabia), attempt to engineer the escape of thousands of British troops under siege at the city of Kut-al-Amara in Mesopotamia through a secret negotiation with the Turkish command. Since December 1915, British …